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W. Somerset Maugham on Writing

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“Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.”

More from W. Somerset Maugham

“It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.”
“We do not write as we want, but as we can.”
“No author can create a character out of nothing. He must have a model to give him a starting point; but then his imagination goes to work, he builds him up, adding a trait here, a trait there, which his model did not possess.”
“Writing is a wholetime job: no professional writer can afford only to write when he feels like it.”
“The ideas for stories that thronged my brain would not let me rest till I had got rid of them by writing them.”
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